What if there was a way to enjoy carbs AND lose weight? Sick of dieting and ready to make a lifestyle change? What I’m about to share with you has been proven to be the best fat loss AND long-term lifestyle change out there! Keep reading to learn what the carbohydrate hype is all about, and how to use carb cycling to make carbs your friend, not your enemy.
Why Do We Need Carbs?
Carbohydrates are a macronutrient every human needs to ingest. It is primarily used by the body for energy to fuel your brain, daily activities, and of course exercise. The ingestion of carbs play a critical role in the bodies ability to maintain blood sugar levels as well as replenishing carbohydrate stores, known as glycogen, needed to prevent fatigue.
So What Is Carb Cycling?
It is an eating plan that alternates low-carb days and high-carb days. On high-carb days the body stores these carbohydrates in the form of glycogen until glycogen stores are saturated. On low-carb days, carb intake is restricted, causing the body to burn fat as a fuel instead of glycogen or muscle tissue. This pattern of high-carb days followed by low-carb days can act as a very effective weight loss tool.
How Do I Carb Cycle?
In a 7 day period, follow a low carb diet for about 3-4 days. This will cause your body to deplete glycogen stores and tap in to fat reserves as a fuel source. Carb intake should be roughly between 25 g – 50 g on low-carb days. Following the low-carb days, eat a high-carb diet. This should be done by ingesting between 75 g up to 150 g of carbs. Cycling will avoid dieting plateaus, and will ensure that metabolic hormones stay elevated.
Why Is Carb Cycling Better Than Other Diets?
Instead of starving yourself, give your body energy! Carb cycling is the easiest, most effective way to lose weight and keep it off. It fits any lifestyle because you are able to eat the foods that you love (on high-carb days of course). You will feel empowered both physically and mentally, as well as more energetic by carb cycling and not by restricting yourself from the foods that you love.
Optimize carb intake by eliminating sugar, eating plenty of green veggies and non-starchy carbs that are high in fiber. Choosing ‘clean’ and complex carbs such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, and oatmeal will have you losing pounds in no time! And for even better results plan to have your high-carb, lower fat intake for intense workout days.
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